Saturday, March 4, 2017

All-Purpose Anti-Inflammatory Recipe

My husband had the misfortune to get a really bad respiratory virus that's going around and after suffering for a week he discovered a recipe for Turmeric Milk, aka Golden Milk. Most recipes called for some form of milk however, either regular cow's milk or dairy alternatives like coconut or almond milk. We didn't have any of those on hand since I'm casein intolerant and I don't like the thickeners like carageenan and guar gum that you find in most dairy alternatives as they cause leaky gut syndrome and I also already have that, thereby I don't ingest things that will make it worse.

He came up with this alternative using what we do have on hand: coconut water and coconut oil because fat is one of the things that you need for turmeric to absorb better and thereby be more effective, along with black pepper. So, without further ado, here's his recipe:

1 cup coconut water, heated (microwave or pan)

1/4 tsp coconut oil (more is not better)
1 tsp honey
pinch of black pepper
1 drop of cinnamon oil or 1/4 tsp cinnamon spice
1 tsp turmeric (very important: add it last to mix best)

The first night he drank it, it broke a low grade fever he had and his cough went away. I've been drinking it and find it helps my chronic sinus congestion and I no longer need to use Nasacort every night. I'm also not in as much chronic pain in my hips. I also have not caught any of the various viruses that my friends are currently suffering from and have added this to my preventative routine along with echinacea and the immune blend of essential oils that I use at this time of year when so many illnesses are going around. 

The taste can take some getting used to. He doesn't like it, but I do...I find it has kind of a warm, comforting taste that I enjoy. So give it a try, and Zum Wohl!

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